Let’s start 2011 with an easy round of Spot the Error, courtesy of today’s sports news:
What’s wrong with this article?
Answer (posted 8 January 2011): It’s right there in the headline. The word they wanted was eke, not eek. The verb eke means “to increase; enlarge; lengthen.” In the phrase “eke out,” it implies achieving or making something laboriously, as in “to eke out a living.”
Eek is the sound of a tween girl screaming at a Justin Bieber concert.